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Holbein Artists' Watercolors, half pans


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Build your own set! Order 8 or more of these gorgeous watercolor pans and we'll include a 12-slot enameled metal tin (normally $14.95) for free. Add the tin to your cart and enter promo code FREETIN at checkout.

There's a great debate among watercolorists: pan or tube? Tube colors are usually thought to be brighter and more concentrated, but that isn't always the case. Holbein Artists' Watercolor half pans are, in fact, more concentrated than Holbein tubes, because they are made by allowing the wet form of the color to dry. Most of the water evaporates, leaving more concentrated pigment and medium behind in the pan.

You'll notice right away that Holbein pans seem to glow when water is applied (you can see this in the second image of this product listing.) Their superior transparency and color intensity continues to impress as you start to mix and apply paint to paper. Holbein's bright colors are the absolute brightest we have seen, and their muted colors and earth tones are subtle and well-chosen.

These colors are very well suited to mixing because they don't get muddy easily, and there are many excellent primaries to choose from, whether you use the Red/Yellow/Blue or Cyan/Magenta/Yellow mixing system. Try adding alternate primaries to your set, like Opera or Carmine instead of plain red or Indian Yellow instead of plain yellow.

Holbein colors are made to the highest standards in Japan.



We ship all orders from our store in St. Louis, Missouri. 95% of orders are processed in 1-2 business days (Wednesday through Sunday). Shipping to the United States is always free for orders over $59. For orders under $59, domestic shipping rates start at $3.50. You can calculate your shipping cost in the cart or at checkout. For St. Louis residents, we also offer free curbside pickup. Just select "Pick Up" on the first page of checkout.


If there's a problem with your order, please contact our customer service team at If your order is damaged or defective, we will send you a prepaid return label and replace the item immediately. If you change your mind about an order, you can ship it back to us in new condition for a refund or exchange. However, if there is no error on our part, we cannot refund shipping charges or pay for return shipping. The deadline for all returns is 30 days from the delivery date. All clearance items, including our famous Mystery Box, are final sale.


We are an independent retailer trusted by artists since 2015, and our expert staff are happy to help you with any questions you might have about our products and services. We love helping our customers choose colors, build gift packages for friends, and get started with new tools and materials. We can also take special orders for items not listed on this site.


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Holbein Artists' Watercolors, half pans

Holbein Artists' Watercolors, half pans